Oscar Isaac opens up about his process in playing both Marc Spector and Steven Grant for Moon Knight and reveals he hired his brother for assistance.
To play dual personalities Marc Spector and Steven Grant for Moon Knight, Oscar Isaac enlisted his brother for help. Isaac has conquered Star Wars and Dune, and with the Disney+ series Moon Knight, he boards the MCU. He was first cast in the role of Marc Spector in late 2020, and he will officially make his onscreen debut next week. Moon Knight marks a new kind of Disney+ show for Marvel, in that it’s a bit darker than previous efforts and centers on a brand new character who has yet to debut in the movies. It also stars May Calamawy and Ethan Hawke, who takes on the role of mysterious villain Arthur Harrow.
Marc is a unique Marvel hero. Not only did he get his powers from an Egyptian god, he also lives with dissociative identity disorder, meaning he has multiple personalities living inside him. It looks like when Moon Knight begins, one of Marc’s alters will be in charge: Mild-mannered Steven Grant. Steven has been haunted by strange memories he can’t recall, and his life is thrown for a loop when someone calls looking for Marc. Beyond that, Marvel has been keeping most Moon Knight plot details carefully under wraps.
In order to embody all of Marc’s personalities, Isaac essentially had to play several different characters. That could make for some confusion on set, but as he said at a press conference for Moon Knight (via ET Online), he devised a clever solution: He hired his brother, Michael Benjamin Hernandez, to “come in and be the other me.” Isaac explained:
“It was the closest thing to me there is on Earth. So, he came in and he would play either Steven or Marc and even did the accent and everything — both accents — and so that was really helpful to have someone that’s not only a great actor but also shares my DNA to play off of.”
Isaac then went on to describe how technically demanding it could be to play two different characters in one scene, so bringing on his brother must’ve helped immensely. In fact, it is a very smart strategy for several reasons. This means that Isaac had someone he trusted and knew well working opposite him, allowing him to use his familiarity with his brother to settle into this difficult part. Plus, Isaac could then see how certain creative choices would reflect upon the opposite character, giving him the chance to refine things as necessary. Ultimately, Moon Knight stars Isaac as Marc and Steven, but one could say that his brother also made some vital contributions to the series.
Isaac has been open about how Moon Knight was a new kind of challenge for him and has said he put so much of himself into the project. He’s long received raves for projects like Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina, and, most recently, Scenes from a Marriage; having an actor of his caliber join the MCU is an exciting thing. It seems likely that Moon Knight is just the beginning of Isaac’s time in the franchise, and it’ll be thrilling to finally see him take to the small screen as both Marc and Steven. It all begins next week.
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Moon Knight premieres Wednesday, March 30 on Disney+.
Source: ET Online
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